Prof. Lalji Singh, who died after suffering a massive heart attack late on Monday night was the father of DNA Fingerprinting in India
Starting his career as a Group Leader at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, he subsequently went on to become its Director.
Based on his translational work on DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, the government asked him to establish the Center for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) with a mandate of making it a nodal center for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics for all species and several diseases.
He wanted it to be a center for excellence as a part of CCMB but the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, was keen on converting it into an autonomous Institute.
In addition to building institutions and capacities, he also conceptualised the Association of DNA Fingerprinting and Associated DNA Technologies (ADNAT) with the sole objective of imparting exhaustive hands-on-training, interacting with the best scientists in the world in the form of symposia and preparing quality control guidelines for emerging technologies.